Over the weekend, Nigerian athletes were in action at different meets in the US.
Oral Robert University’s Sophomore, Mercy Abire made a nice come back as she shattered the school’s record in the Long Jump with a leap if 6.43m in her first attempt. She smashed the previous mark of 6.29m set by Amber Canidy in 2002. In that excitement Abire later went further to set a new personal best of 13.03 in the triple jump at the Bill Williams Laptad Invitation yesterday.
Speaking with Athletic heat she said ” I felt I was going to jump well and my coach, Bobby Carter told me I was going to jump big which I believed.”
On the other hand, Middle Tennessee 4×200m squad of Loveth Odia, Cecilia Francis, Abike Egbeniyi and Edidiong Odiong finished with a time of 1:36.92s to place seventh overall and qualify for the finals but unfortunately didn’t show up for it.
Meanwhile the current African 100m record holder, Blessing Okagbare won the women’s 200m with 22.43s while Divine Oduduru won the 200m with an impressive time of 20.15s which is currently the 5th fastest time on the NCAA division 1 rankings and a leading 200m time in Nigeria . They both competed at the Corky/Crofoot Shoot out, Texas Tech University.
While University of Florida Adekunle Fassasi ran a 46.31s in the men’s 400m to finish 5th at the National relays championships. The race was won by Joseph Lyles in 45.28s. Christian Taylor was 2nd in 45.44s while Chantz Sawyer’s was 3rd in 45.71s.